Channeling Spirits: An Evening Séance at Ipso Facto

Middle image is of a séance conducted by medium John Beattie in Bristol, England in 1872
Middle image is of a séance conducted by medium John Beattie in Bristol, England in 1872

Séances, also known as spirit circles, first gained widespread notoriety during the 19th-century Spiritualist movement in late Victorian England. They were gatherings where individuals sought to contact the “other side” to communicate with the dead. Although some were exposed as nothing but smoke and mirrors, there were devout Spiritualists that took the ritual seriously and strove to tap into a Higher Self. More than 150 years later, the practice is still alive. I recently attended a spirit circle at Ipso Facto, a goth/alternative shop in Fullerton, California, that has been hosting séances for the past two years. I’m going to share my experience, plus my Q&A with shop owner Terri Kennedy. Continue reading “Channeling Spirits: An Evening Séance at Ipso Facto”

Top 10 Macabre Instagram Pages to Follow

 

Photo by Dan Burton on Unsplash
Photo by Dan Burton on Unsplash

When I joined Instagram, most of the initial accounts I followed, besides family and friends, embodied a dark aesthetic, from art to fashion to music and travel. The fact that Instagram is all about the pictures makes it an awesome platform for creative people to show off their work, and not just professional photographers. For those that have an appreciation for the strange and unusual, or are just plain curious about it, these are my top 10 picks of the best macabre individuals and brands to follow on Instagram.

I present them in order of their spooky shock factor, so if you’re curious enough, read until the end. Continue reading “Top 10 Macabre Instagram Pages to Follow”

MM Fabrications Debuts Newest Collection: Let the Devil In

 

Let the Devil In Collection

Missy Munster is the founder and creative mind behind the occult luxury fashion line MM Fabrications. Based in Los Angeles, the brand specializes in elaborate head and neck pieces that possess a dark, esoteric edge. Recently, Missy Munster hosted a necromantic event to launch her latest collection Let the Devil In. Here’s your look inside Desecrated in Death: The Path of the Unholy. Continue reading “MM Fabrications Debuts Newest Collection: Let the Devil In”

Must-See Contemporary Films & TV Series for the Victorian Goth

Photo courtesy of moviestillsdb.com
Photo courtesy of moviestillsdb.com

Pining to watch something that oozes sensual morbidity, gothic horror, tightly-laced corsets, melancholy characters, and the backdrop of a gray and gritty England? The films and TV series featured here have at least one or a combination of these components. Although by no means an exhaustive compilation of cinema with a 19th-century dark edge, these are a few of the best contemporary works the Victorian Goth will fancy.

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Welcome to the Lair of Leafar Seyer

"The Pain Isn't Over" art exhibit by Leafar Seyer of Prayers
“The Pain Isn’t Over” art exhibit by Leafar Seyer of Prayers

Images of Aleister Crowley, Baphomet, serpents, a skull-faced Virgin Mary, inverted crosses and the number 666 fill the gallery space at These Days in Los Angeles. This is the realm created by Leafar Seyer for his debut solo art exhibition “The Pain Isn’t Over.” The artist is one half of the duo Prayers — self-described cholo goth musicians who formed the electronic rock group back in 2013. Continue reading “Welcome to the Lair of Leafar Seyer”

A Night at Bar Sinister

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The saying here goes “Leave your religions at the door and elevate your mind.” And those who enter these doors better pay heed because this is a place of no judgement. Individuals wear their personal statements, from tightly-laced corsets, fish net bodysuits, thigh-high PVC boots, spikes and some even sport a pair of fancy fangs. This sanctuary catering to the goth and alternative scene has been around since the late 1990s. I was in high school when I first heard of Bar Sinister and not of age to get in, sadly for me. It would be about 15 years before my first visit! Here’s a glimpse inside. Continue reading “A Night at Bar Sinister”

A Bar for Dark Souls: Beetle House LA

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Those living in the New York City area may already know about the hideout dedicated to all things spooky and Tim Burton – Beetle House. Creator Zach Neil decided to give the City of Angels a taste of this wonderfully macabre establishment (much to my delight) by opening what was supposed to be only a pop-up location on Hollywood Boulevard back in May of 2017. More than a year later, the joint is still open and going strong. I’ve had the opportunity to return to this niche a few times and want to share my experience for anyone curious to know more about it. Continue reading “A Bar for Dark Souls: Beetle House LA”

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